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Young man stabbed to death at Mandal party

Police have arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with the fatal stabbing of a young man at a party in Mandal, southern Norway, in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Young man stabbed to death at Mandal party
Photo: Espen Sand/Scanpix

The suspect was arrested shortly after 3am. According to police, the victim was born in 1989. Both men were known to the police.

The stabbing incident took place at an apartment in central Mandal, where seven to nine people had congregated for a party. Police said they were notified of the attack by one of the people who was in the apartment at the time.

Police arriving at the scene tried in vain to resuscitate the victim, who had been stabbed several times.

Police said they would begin questioning the suspect and other witnesses on Thursday morning.

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Two more arrested for suspected involvement in Oslo Pride shooting

Norwegian police said Monday they had arrested two alleged accomplices of the suspect in a June shooting that killed two people in Oslo on the sidelines of Pride celebrations.

Two more arrested for suspected involvement in Oslo Pride shooting

The two suspects were arrested on Sunday in Oslo suspected of “complicity in a terrorist act”, the Oslo police said in a statement.

One is a Somali man in his forties, the other a Norwegian in his thirties — both of them known to police. Their identities were not disclosed.

In the early hours of June 25, a man opened fire near a gay bar in central Oslo during celebrations linked to the city’s Pride festival.

The shooting killed two men, aged 54 and 60, and wounded 21 others. Immediately after the shooting, police arrested Zaniar Matapour, a
43-year-old Norwegian of Iranian origin, on suspicion of carrying out the attack.

The new arrests bring the number of people implicated in the attack to four, as Norwegian police announced last week they were seeking another suspect linked to the shooting.

On Friday, Oslo police announced that they had issued an international arrest warrant for Arfan Qadeer Bhatti, a 45-year-old Islamist with a prior conviction, who is also suspected of “complicity in a terrorist act”.

“The police still believes Bhatti is in Pakistan,” a country with which Norway has no extradition agreement, police said Monday.

“To ensure the best possible cooperation with the Pakistani authorities, we had Oslo police officers in Pakistan a short time ago,” it added.

According to police, they have not yet had direct contact with Arfan Bhatti but have spoken to his Norwegian lawyer, Svein Holden, and say they expect the legal proceedings in Pakistan to take time.

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